‘A carbon tax like the one you introduced would not only inflict harm on consumers and the broader U.S. economy, it would foist additional burdens on state and local governments…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) In what’s been dubbed “bipartisan” legislation, a group of progressive House Democrats introduced a radical bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions last week, with a lone Republican signing on.
Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., is backing a Democratic plan to charge a $15-per-ton carbon “fee” on fossil-fuel producers, processors and importers, with the cost rising $10 every year.
The proposal, euphemistically called “The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act,” purports to combat climate change at a reasonable cost.
But one energy policy group isn’t buying it.
In response to the bill, the American Energy Alliance sent Rooney a “Gilets Jaunes,” or yellow vest, symbolic of middle-class French protestors who have refused to bear the brunt of a similar carbon tax.
“A carbon tax like the one you introduced would not only inflict harm on consumers and the broader U.S. economy, it would foist additional burdens on state and local governments, all while failing to make any meaningful dent in the total emissions profile worldwide,” wrote Tom Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, in a letter to Rooney on Tuesday.
Enclosed was a yellow safety vest for what Pyle described as a “destructive” energy tax.
“In solidarity with our French brethren who have protested expensive climate policies, we at the American Energy Alliance have enclosed in this package a yellow vest to object to your sponsorship of a destructive carbon tax,” Pyle said.
The “Gilet Jaunes” movement erupted last fall in France when French President Emmanuel Macron instituted a vast energy tax to meet the country’s carbon emissions commitment under the Paris Climate Accord.
The result was massive spikes in fuel prices, increased heating costs for the poor and elderly, and economic downturn.
Pictures and video clips of yellow-vested protestors permeated social media while mainstream news outlets were accused of omitting the key reason for the nationwide outrage.
Peaceful mass protests also turned into violent clashes with police.
“Your bill’s $15 per ton tax (set to increase $10 every year) would result in higher energy prices for all Americans,” Pyle said. “And as economic studies have shown, a tax-and-dividend is a surefire way to choke growth and hurt employment.”